Saturday, October 1, 2011
Today is the Feast Day of St. Therese, my patron saint. So, I thought I would pay tribute to her and tell you how she has inserted herself into my life!
In 1999, I was preparing to enter the Catholic Church for Easter 2000. I saw a Novena for St. Therese in September 1999, and thought, “Why not? I’ll try it.” I remember trying really hard to say it every day. Then, before the novena was even over, I heard that her relics were coming to the U.S. for the first time. And – surprise, surprise – they were coming to the National Shrine, which was nearby.
I told the priest who was preparing me to enter the Church and he said, “Well, I guess we know who your patron saint is!” It was pretty clear to us that she chose me, which I think is pretty neat. I never really got into the process of going through a book of saints and choosing one – one chose me! And even when I started to think about other saints, they didn’t really hold my attention for long. I knew it was Therese.
During that whole time period, I was really busy with college and sometimes had convert angst. It seems like most people enter the Church with someone, like a fiancé or spouse, by their side. I was alone. During one of the entry rites, I remember seeing a shower of flower petals out the window I was facing. That was beautiful and it certainly made me think the Little Flower was checking on me.
After my conversion, I spent about two years with the Secular Carmelites and considered becoming a Carmelite nun. Obviously, that didn’t happen, but I will always love Carmelite spirituality.
I heard about a priest who advised a young dater not to bother praying to St. Therese for a spouse. For some reason, he didn’t think she was the saint for marriage requests. Well – I don’t think St. Therese liked hearing that, because my husband proposed on September 29th. Therese died on the 30th, so I think she was saying, “Hello Amy! It’s okay that you didn’t become a Carmelite – I am still helping you.”
As someone who has been blessed by this saint’s attention, I encourage you to ask her for help on anything you want!